I kind of did a little rant on Friday, but that was for my own sort of means. I was almost going to post that one for this event (The Animanga Festival), but I’ve got another thing that has been bothering for a while that needs to appear on here for a little bit and its about how we perceive media. Hmmm, I suppose that this one is going to be quite a bit shorter then what I posted on Friday, but I think it’s just important to get it out there for the small internet public that I have. The ironic part here is that I saw “Time to unleash your Inner Nitpick” on Auri’s prompt sheet and nitpicks are what I’m talking about. Yup. Let’s dive into this, shall we?
Starting this off, I am far from being a fan of people whose only critique of anything is just tearing apart plot elements or looking for plot holes just to point them out. Especially when that point of view is why they hate the film without looking at it any further. I’m thinking of people like Cinemasins or Channel Awesome on YouTube. All aimed at people that blatantly don’t understand what a film or piece of media is going for at a thematic level before either not paying attention to a film’s explanations or just looking for plot holes just to point them out. That’s how you miss the forest for the trees so to say.
The worst part is this way of thinking has led to how other people have looked into media from all over the place. You can look online and see so many videos that have a title like “end of __ explained”. While some of those may have a more thematic look at how all things have connected, most of them just tell you what literally happened. So basically, nothing with any value because any person with a working brain can figure those things for themselves. All the interesting conversation happens when you discuss themes at the end of something in context of the story because that’s where all sorts of interpretations come from. Instead, people go for the quick buck instead and get all the views for it.
That isn’t to say that nitpicking plot elements isn’t always warranted, but every piece of media has flaws and plot holes. That’s just an honest truth. Videos finding nitpicks or making nitpicks without looking at thematic elements or context is pretty easy and cheap criticism to write or put together. Nitpicks with context concerning how elements, characters, or the plot in piece of media doesn’t work with developing those elements or how the themes of the story don’t work with how the story is told are much more interesting to discuss or think about. Could arguably be deeper too. I suppose that depends on each deep a person wants to go with their thoughts I guess.
That all made me sound like an elitist, didn’t it? Probably? I hope not. What I’m mainly saying is when you look at media, have a reason why you don’t like something besides “these plot holes ruined it” or have more concrete thoughts on something other then “this is bad because it’s bad”. It doesn’t take a person that has studied media for their degree to think about how a piece of media works or doesn’t work for themselves. I don’t have one of those degrees, but I’m trying my best. All it takes is knowing what your tastes are and putting some thought into what you do and do not enjoy. Let’s have some interesting conversations.
O Maidens In Your Savage Season is a show that I would like to discuss more about. I loved it all the way through, but I know there are people out there who don’t like the ending of it or think it fell apart somewhere and I want to know why people think that way. That’s a discussion I want to hae because I want to understand how other people see it. There just hasn’t been a lot of explanation going around other then sort of comparing it to School Days for some reason. I suppose I just don’t get the comparison myself. Do I need to watch School Days to understand this?
Thank you for reading everyone. I hope that I didn’t go too far with this post.